University Heights

University Heights summer concerts continue in August

University Heights continues its free summer concert series on Thursday evenings on the Hamlin Quad at John Carroll University (between Dolan Science Center and the Grasselli Clock Tower).

The month of August features the final two performances of the 2016 series: Yiddishe Cup (Jewish folk and American swing), and an ice cream social, on Aug. 4, and the Chardon Polka Band (polka with an attitude) on Aug. 11.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:49 AM, 08.04.2016

University Heights celebrates park opening

The City of University Heights celebrated the grand opening of University Heights Community Park—the city’s newest and largest park—at a community celebration on Sunday, July 24.

The street festival began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance to the park, at Fenwick and Northwood roads, with Mayor Susan Infeld, city council members, other city officials, and representatives from Braun & Steidl Architects (the park’s designer) cutting the ribbon.

Infeld thanked “the leadership of Fuchs Mizrachi School, specifically Mr. Morry Weiss, for sharing our vision to make a park and greenspace on the property.” The park is on the former site of the Fuchs Mizrachi School.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:33 PM, 07.26.2016

University Heights concert series continues in July

University Heights continues its free summer concert series on Thursday evenings on the Hamlin Quad at John Carroll University (between Dolan Science Center and the Grasselli Clock Tower).

The month of July features the Stratophonics (rock, soul, big band, and today’s music) on July 7; WIXY 1260 Band (music of the 1960s and '70s) and an ice cream social on July 14; Sloppy Joe’s (classic rock, blues, R&B hits) on July 21; and the University Heights Symphonic Band and another ice cream social on July 28.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 10:19 AM, 06.28.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights [online and print 4-18-2016]

APRIL 18, 2016

All council members were present.

Public hearing on joint dispatch center

The council meeting opened with a public hearing to discuss the Regional Council of Governments (COG) agreement among the cities of University Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, and Shaker Heights for the purpose of forming and operating a joint dispatch center for police, fire and EMS (emergency medical services) response.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 5:39 PM, 05.19.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 3-21-2016]

MARCH 21, 2016

  • March 7 minutes
  • Master planning survey
  • Free tax preparation
  • Water main break
  • Tree trimming
  • Payroll service
  • Mayor’s spending limit
  • Disposition of city property
  • Purvis Park
  • Library expansion
  • Purchase of Ford Escapes
  • Pavement marking
  • Utility refuse vehicle
  • Coyote sightings
  • Senior recreation program
  • Cedarbrook Road
  • Summer camps


Councilman Steven Sims was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:05 AM, 04.22.2016

UH council appoints architect John Rach to fill open council seat

On Jan. 4, UH City Council voted to appoint John Rach to the city’s open council seat, which was left unfilled when only three candidates stood for four open seats in the November 2015 general election.

Earlier in the meeting, three council members took oaths of office: re-elected council members Pamela Cameron and Steven Sims, and newly elected Michele Weiss. Council also re-elected Sue Pardee as the city’s vice mayor.

Rach, 31, is a registered architect who has lived in University Heights since 2011. He has served the city in various capacities since 2012, as a member of the board of zoning appeals, a committee member for the new master plan (ongoing), a steering committee member for the NOACA Pedestrian and Bike Friendly Lane Project, and a steering committee member for the new zoning code commission.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 10:33 AM, 01.12.2016

University Heights names Geraci sisters its Citizens of the Year

University Heights honored three members of the Geraci family, owners of Geraci’s restaurant on Warrensville Center Road, as the University Heights 2015 Citizens of the Year at the city council meeting on Dec. 21. “Their restaurant has contributed tremendously to the charm of University Heights,” said Mayor Susan K. Infeld. “They are a very warm and generous family.”

“The restaurant will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, and it’s really a staple of our community,” noted Infeld.

Michael Geraci and his wife, Frances, opened the restaurant on July 2, 1956. Both worked at the restaurant until they were well into their 80s. Michael died in 2013, at the age of 94, and Frances died on July 26, 2015, at the age of 93.

Their three daughters—Martha Geraci Spoth, Frannie Geraci and Toni Leonetti—who currently run the restaurant, received the award. “All three daughters are continuing in their parents’ footsteps,” Infeld said.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.05.2016

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-19-2015

OCTOBER 19, 2015

  • Leaf season
  • Fenwick Road closed
  • Municipal income tax
  • County public health services
  • Sewer camera system
  • Dump truck purchases
  • Payroll service
  • Pool painting
  • Sanitary and storm sewer systems
  • Council committee meetings

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.16.2015

University Heights will accept applications to fill council vacancy beginning Nov. 5

On Nov. 5, University Heights City Council will begin accepting letters of interest and resumes to fill a vacancy on council that will occur on Jan. 1, 2016. University Heights has four city council seats open for the Nov. 3 election, for which only three candidates submitted petitions. Vice Mayor Susan D. Pardee has announced that residents of University Heights who wish to be considered for appointment to the open position are invited to send letters of interest and resumes to City Hall, c/o Clerk of Council Kelly M. Thomas, 2300 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights, Ohio, 44118, or by e-mail to kthomas@universityheights.com. Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

The city charter gives council 30 days to fill the vacancy after Jan. 1, 2016; otherwise, the Mayor is responsible for the appointment. Because the vacancy is established following the results of the Nov. 3 election, city council will accept letters of interest and resumes between Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. City council will acknowledge each application and provide opportunity for interviews with selected candidates.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 1:55 PM, 10.22.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-7-2015

OCTOBER 7, 2015

  • JCU food drive
  • NORMA insurance partnership
  • Income tax code changes
  • Payroll process outsourced
  • Tennis court rehab
  • Tree services
  • Sidewalk plow
  • Park construction
  • Leaf collection, paper shredding
  • Open council seat

Councilman Phil Ertel was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 6:43 PM, 10.20.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-8-2015

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Road repairs
  • Housing crisis program
  • Dunkin’ Donuts zoning appeal
  • Backyard camps
  • Charitable donation
  • Kollel Yad Chem Mordechai
  • Nuisance properties
  • Recycling
  • Solid waste disposal
  • Sewer camera
  • City trees
  • Tennis courts
  • Special assessments
  • Solid waste services and recycling
  • Appointments

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 12:30 PM, 09.21.2015

Open house at Heights High's Wiley campus draws interested residents

More than 120 curious neighbors, community members, retired teachers and Heights family members attended the Aug. 20 open house at the newly renovated, temporary Heights High on the Wiley campus in University Heights. University Heights City Council and UH Mayor Susan Infeld hosted the event, to give community members a chance to tour the renovated building and learn more about the school’s programming.

Mayor Infeld, Talisa Dixon, superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools, and Zoraba Ross, Heights High’s administrative principal, spoke briefly to the attendees.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 11:00 PM, 08.31.2015

University Heights voters will elect three to fill four council seats

The race for four open seats on University Heights City Council is a bit of a yawn this year. Four of the seven council seats are up for election this year, including those of council members Pamela T. Cameron, Steven Sims, Nancy English and Adele Zucker, but only three candidates will be listed on November’s ballot: Cameron and Sims, who are both running for reelection, and newcomer Michele Weiss.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.25.2015

University Heights seeks nominations for its Beautiful Home Awards

University Heights’s Beautiful Home Awards committee is currently seeking nominations for the city’s home award program, which recognizes the city’s homes and gardens. Nominations are due by the end of August for the 2016 awards.

"In my opinion, the beautiful home awards are a charming tradition highlighting the outstanding efforts of residents to maintain their properties," said University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld.

The annual awards comprise various categories, including: best front door, best backyard garden, best curb appeal and best "sit a spell"—i.e., seated gathering area in the front of the house.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 8:25 AM, 08.25.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-13-2015

JULY 13, 2015

  • Heights Jewish Center (HJC)
  • Kollel Yad Chai Mordechai
  • Ciuni and the tennis court project
  • Workers comp management
  • Bonds issued
  • Permit parking near Wiley
  • Tower leases
  • Tax budget
  • Paving change order
  • Public park

All council members were present. Councilwoman Pamela Cameron arrived after roll call so was officially listed as excused.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 7:23 PM, 07.20.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-15-2015

JUNE 15, 2015

  • Public comments
  • First Energy
  • University Square
  • City’s symphonic band
  • Zoning variance
  • Electronic signage
  • Compmanagement contract
  • Issuance and sale of bonds
  • Resident permit parking near Wiley
  • Street resurfacing

Councilman Phil Ertel was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 2:22 PM, 07.15.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-18-2015

MAY 18, 2015

  • All Geared Up bike event
  • Gas line replacement
  • Purvis Park
  • Water department
  • Clear Wireless
  • Waste processing and disposal
  • Anti-poaching
  • New park
  • Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
  • LifeForce
  • 2547 Ashurst Road
  • Auditors
  • University Square
  • Police body cameras
  • Fire department

Councilwoman Nancy English and Councilman Steven Sims were absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 6:38 PM, 06.10.2015

Mayor provides May 5 voting information for UH residents

Many University Heights residents have contacted city hall with questions about their polling location for Election Day voting on Tuesday, May 5. University Heights has three polling locations that will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m:

  • John Carroll University, Dolan Science Building Reading Room. Enter the campus at the guardhouse gate nearest Fairmount Circle, at the intersection of John Carroll and Carroll boulevards. Parking is plentiful; follow the signs to access the voting location.
  • Gearity Elementary School, 2323 Wrenford Road. Parking is available in the parking lots, on Groveland Road and on University Parkway.
  • University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road. Parking is available in the parking lot and on Fenwick Road.

If you are unsure where to vote, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us and click on the Where Do I Vote link.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.04.2015

Funeral for UH's Edmund Rothschild planned for May 1

Edmund Rothschild, the husband of former UH Mayor Beryl Rothschild, passed away after eight days of hospice care. His funeral is 11 a.m. tomorrow, May 1, at the Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights.

Mayor Rothschild and family will be receiving friends tomorrow from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairmount Temple, located at the corner of Fairmount Boulevard and Buckhurst Drive in Beachwood.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.30.2015

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-16-2-15 and 4-6-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

NOTE: No LWV observer was available to cover the March 16 city council meeting.

APRIL 6, 2015

  • Mayor’s report
  • Medical director
  • Purvis Park
  • Staffing contracts
  • Braun & Steidl Architects
  • Cedar Road resurfacing
  • Playground project
  • New police vehicles
  • Pavement marking contract
  • Garage doors
  • Meritech

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.22.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-17-2015

FEBRUARY 17, 2015

  • Cuyahoga Harbor dredging
  • Law director
  • Funds
  • Home inspections
  • Ford Fusion
  • Community park
  • Resurfacing program
  • Four bay doors
  • Sale of rubbish truck
  • SWAT team
  • Police cars
  • Senior transportation
  • Council iPads to reduce waste

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 3:17 PM, 03.09.2015

LWV needs meeting observer volunteers

The Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Greater Cleveland has a shortage of observers to cover the University Heights City Council. Unfortunately, this shortage will prevent full coverage of all University Heights City Council meetings. If you appreciate these reports, perhaps you would like to help LWV continue this service to the community by volunteering for its Observer Corps. Observers of University Heights City Council do not have to be University Heights residents, but they must be impartial and unaffiliated with any of the council members’ or mayor’s campaigns. Observers do not participate in public comments unless authorized to do so by the League board.  

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:15 PM, 03.30.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-20-2015

JANUARY 20, 2015

  • Jim Price
  • WOW! upgrade
  • Citizen committees
  • The mayor’s state of the city address
  • City jail medical director
  • Community engagement committee
  • Senior transportation
  • Demolition project
  • Street striping
  • Sale for scrap
  • Tree pruning and removal

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 1:34 PM, 02.10.2015

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-15-2014

DECEMBER 15, 2014

  • RFQ for park design
  • East Cleveland
  • Dispatch consolidation plan
  • Rick Jackson honored
  • Gesu cross-country champions
  • Budget legislation
  • Distribution of council documents
  • Committee appointment authority
  • Council compensation
  • Patrolmen’s contract
  • Resolutions
  • Community engagement committee
  • Property split
  • Sewer study

Councilman Phil Ertel was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 1:38 PM, 01.17.2015

University Heights seeks applicants for law director position

On Dec. 11, the City of University Heights posted the job of city law director as an open position on its website. Anthony Coyne, current law director, has held the position since Nov. 1, 2012.

The job posting states that applicants must be duly admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. It requires that applicants have experience in municipal law, with a preference for those also experienced in zoning and planning. The annual salary for the part-time position is $40,000–$50,000. A full position description can be found on the city’s website, www.universityheights.com.

Applications are due Monday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. Applicants should submit a resume to Kelly Thomas, Clerk of Council, City of University Heights, 2300 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights, 44118.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 1:37 PM, 12.16.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-1-2014

DECEMBER 1, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Wiley construction
  • Wheel loader purchase
  • Ladder truck repair
  • Equipment sale
  • Debt policy
  • Tax collection
  • Budget legislation
  • Cedar Road sidewalk work
  • Paperless council
  • Community engagement committee

Councilman Steven Sims was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 7:14 PM, 12.16.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-17-2014

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

  • Debate on executive session
  • Workers’ compensation administration
  • Budget amendment
  • Park fund
  • Debt policy
  • Public health services
  • Police video maintenance
  • Sale of property
  • New park

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 6:57 PM, 12.16.2014

Former UH vice mayor Goldberg holds lead over incumbent judge with election results not yet official

Francine Goldberg, former University Heights city councilwoman and vice mayor, holds a slim lead over incumbent judge Janet Rath Colaluca in the race for Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge.

As of Nov. 5, unofficial election results provided by the County BOE showed that Goldberg, a Democrat, had received 116,409 votes (50.26 percent), compared with 115,212 votes (49.74 percent) for Republican candidate Colaluca.

Absentee ballots can be received up to 10 days after Election Day (if postmarked no later than the day before the election), and so have yet to be counted, and official election results, including provisional ballots, have not yet been certified by the BOE.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 12:57 PM, 11.05.2014

UH voters narrowly approve park bond issue

Voters in University Heights approved a $1.8 million bond issue to fund a new city park on the former site of the Fuchs Mizrachi School. By a vote of 1,688 (52.4 percent) to 1,531 (47.6 percent), residents narrowly passed the bond issue to fund the “constructing and equipping of a public park area and related improvements.”

The park bond issue is for a period of 15 years, and Mayor Infeld said it will cost homeowners $25 per $100,000 valuation—the same amount that UH residents have been paying to fund the construction of the Purvis Park pool 20 years ago. That bond issue will be paid off in December 2014.

Commenting on the bond issue’s passage, Infeld said, “I am very pleased that the community supported the establishment of a park at the former school site on Fenwick Road. A park will introduce a new community asset in University Heights and I look forward to seeing many happy people using the park in the future.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 11:38 AM, 11.05.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-15-2014

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 
[Town Hall Meeting]

  • Public comments
  • Responses regarding fire and ambulance issues
  • NOCCA Award
  • Commercial zoning request
  • Equipment grant
  • Public nuisance
  • Less restrictive hiring
  • Leaf collection contract
  • Direct deposit
  • Health insurance
  • University Square parking garage
  • Sewer cleaning
  • Lawsuit

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 3:40 PM, 10.20.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-6-2014

OCTOBER 6, 2014

  • Muscular dystrophy collection
  • Renovation meeting
  • Leaf pickup
  • Hazardous waste
  • Bond issue
  • Library levy
  • First Energy
  • Rezoning application
  • Grant acceptance
  • Insurance
  • Financial assistance
  • Master plan
  • Other cities’ grants
  • Ambulance sale
  • Legislation for administrative expenses
  • Vendor contracts
  • Auxiliary police
  • Minute Men Staffing
  • Direct deposit
  • Tree service
  • Street repaving
  • Tree planting bid
  • Garage lighting

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 3:58 PM, 10.20.2014

University Heights City Council town hall meeting highlights 6-17-2014

JUNE 17, 2014

All council members were present.

Park at Fuchs Mizrachi

Mayor Susan Infeld opened the meeting with a discussion of the resolution to develop a park at the site of the former Fuchs Mizrachi school. The proposed bond issue to fund the park would cost $1.8 million. Throughout the last two-and-a-half years, the city has held meetings to discuss the acquisition of the land and demolition of the building. Through three meetings with residents and the architect Braun & Steidl, the architect developed a plan as step one of the development phase. Step two would be placing a bond issue on the ballot for residents to vote on. If a bond issue were approved, requests for proposals would be solicited from architects. The bond issue would dovetail with the December expiration of the 20-year pool bond issue, for which residents pay $25 per $100,000 housing value. Consequently, passage of the new bond would not cause an increase in taxes. Furthermore, the new bond issue would expire in 15 years, instead of 20.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:53 PM, 07.31.2014

University Heights plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle traffic on busy streets

The City of University Heights plans to improve walking and bicycling along its most traveled roads with planning expertise from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The Warrensville Center and Cedar Roads Sidewalk Improvement Project will focus on creating safe, attractive and easy-to-navigate pedestrian and bicycle transportation corridors between Fairmount Circle and Cedar Center on Warrensville Center Road, and between Taylor Road and Fenway Drive on Cedar Road. It is one of the first projects to receive technical assistance from NOACA for this purpose.

Currently, the high traffic volume and speed on Cedar and Warrensville Center roads keep many pedestrians from using the sidewalks along the roadway. No barrier separates the sidewalk from the street, placing pedestrians uncomfortably close to high-speed traffic.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.31.2014

UH council meeting July 28 includes vote on $1.8 million park bond issue

University Heights City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 28, 7 p.m., in council chambers.

The meeting agenda includes a resolution "determining to proceed with the submission to the electors of the question of issuing $1.8 million of bonds for the purpose of improving the city's park and recreational facilities by constructing and equipping a public park area and related improvements, and declaring an emergency."

The deadline for council to send the bond issue to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, for it to be placed on the ballot this November, is Wednesday, Aug. 6.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 AM, 07.28.2014

UH to put park bond issue on November ballot

University Heights City Council passed Resolution 2014-12 at its July 14 meeting, which will enable voters to determine whether the city can issue $1.8 million in bonds to improve the city’s parks and recreation facilities. The bond issue would fund construction and equipment for a new park and related improvements on the site of the former Fuchs Mizrachi School, bordered by Fenwick and Saybrook roads. Councilman Mark Wiseman cast the only dissenting vote.

Council approved the ballot language at a special city council meeting on July 28 so that the issue could be placed on the Nov. 2 ballot. The vote was 5-1, with Wiseman again voting no. Councilwoman Adele Zucker was absent. The deadline for council to send the bond issue to the board of elections is Aug. 6.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 1:23 PM, 07.22.2014

UH weighs bond issue to fund new park

Approximately 50 University Heights residents, along with the city’s mayor and seven council members, came together for a June 17 town meeting on a proposed $1.8 million bond issue to fund a new public park on the former site of the Fuchs Mizrachi school.

Opinions at the meeting ranged from skeptical to supportive. The largely free-form dialogue between council members and residents covered a range of topics, including the amount of the bond issue, the city’s ability to appeal to young families, and a looming Aug. 6 deadline—the date by which council must send the bond issue to the board of elections for it to be placed on this November’s ballot.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:47 PM, 06.30.2014

UH hires community development coordinator

Elizabeth “Libby” Ellis is the new community development coordinator for the City of University Heights. Ellis, whose first day on the job was May 19, said that the city has had similar positions in the past, but that hers is an expanded role.

“My goal is to advance the quality of life in University Heights,” she said. Her role includes both attracting new businesses to the city and cultivating and supporting the many small, local businesses that are already located there. She will work to cultivate financial support through grants and other means, represent the mayor at community functions, build relationships and develop new programs.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:19 PM, 06.30.2014

University Heights summer concerts move to JCU

With the closing of Wiley Middle School, the longtime home of University Heights’s annual free Summer Concert Series, the city has moved this summer’s performances to John Carroll University, in front of Grasselli Library.

Concerts take place on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., through Aug. 14, with the following performers scheduled for July and August:

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:07 PM, 06.30.2014